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					  George Lucas:
Contemporary Artistic Legend




        By Tai Kaku
                        Overview
   Facts
   American Graffiti
   Star Wars
   Subtle Themes
   Innovation
   Expanding Our Universe
   Other Works
   Contemporaries
   Beyond the Big Screen
   Reinvigorated Science Fiction
   Decline in Quality
   Legacy
   References
                      The Facts
   Born May 14, 1944
   Hometown Modesto, CA
   Graduated from USC
   Has been a Film Director,
    Screenwriter, and
    Producer since 1965
   Awarded Life
    Achievement Award by
    American film Institute in
    2005
           American Graffiti:
Based loosely on his own life, the movie was his first
                      big hit
By blending Science Fiction and Fairy Tales, Star Wars
        became a classic and ignited a genre
             Subtle Themes:
    Invokes historical themes and people




Imperial Storm Troopers      Nazi Storm Troopers




    Jedi Knight                Medieval Knight
                       Innovative:
  New themes, props, and social commentary




                                  Introduced Jim Henson’s puppets to movie




S.I.D was nicknamed “Star Wars”

                                  Popularized the darker-themed movies
Expanded our world:
Introduced imaginative characters
                        Other Ventures:
Lucas co-wrote the Indiana Jones Trilogy and had countless other
                successful artistic film ventures




            Indiana Jones




                                             Willow


          Howard the Duck
       Worked with other great
        contemporary artists




Clock ward Left to Right: Francis Ford Coppola; Akira Kurosawa; Harrison
                          Ford; Steven Spielberg
                Beyond the Screen:
   Lucas expanded his interests beyond simply film




Lucas Arts creates software material; THX produces quality sound; The George Lucas
Foundation helps aspiring filmmakers through scholarships and grants
Reinvigorated Science Fiction:
         Spawned a generation of imitators




       Avatar
                                   Battlefield Earth




Battle Star Galactica             Independence Day
             Decline in Quality:
Contemporary movies have suffered in quality
           according to critics




Clock ward Left to Right: Star Wars Episode I; Star Wars Clone Wars; Indiana Jones
                         Skull Crystal Star Wars Episode II
 Legacy:
Legions of Fans
                   References
   Lucas, George. (2007, June) George Lucas
    Biography Retrieved April 18, 2010, from
    http://www.lucasfilm.com/inside/bio/georgelucas.htm
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